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more? >>> one-on-one -- president obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's public schools. >> can you really say that teachers' unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage is unavoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today," it's 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, first we had replacement referees in the nfl and now you're telling me a shortage of bacon on the horizon? >> i can't go on. >> i'm only one man here, i can only take so much. i will arm wrestle you for this later. the drought impacted the soy and, the soybean and corn crops, that's what pigs eat, that's why there's a problem in the next year. it's a dire situation for bacon-lovers. >> and in other pigskin news, i'm repeating the same lame joke from the east coast, big story in footb
area today which a republican hasn't won in nearly 25 years. pennsylvania, that is. president obama sticks close to washington today, though, with three fund-raising events. both men were in virginia yesterday catering to the state's strong u.s. military and defense industry presence. mary jo is still with us. is mitt romney in pennsylvania because he thinks there's a chance? how important is winning pennsylvania to him? >> pennsylvania is one of several battleground states in this election and it comes town really to a handful of states including ohio and florida and of course pennsylvania and virginia. the undecided vote so far is very small, but let's keep in mind at this stage ronald reagan in 1980 was running about five points behind jimmy carter. by mid october, he was 13 points behind and yet he won the election by nine points. >> what do you think will be that catalyst for swinging things in mitt romney's favor? >> a strong debate by mitt romney. there are three of them coming up. a misstep by the president. some sort of international incident to thinks that might come out a
on this is what it happens in the middle east is not for political reasons. i don't think -- sorry, the obama administration or the european administrations are more happy with the democracy than they were with dictators as, you know, i think it's a question of interest. what are the interests now? over the last ten years, the chinese economy present in the middle east was multiplied by seven. it's a very powerful presence, and the greek countries brazil, india, china, russia, south africa, turkey, indonesia, are playing a very important role in the region, and we don't talk about this, but it's -- there is a shift here, and for many reasons, it has -- it's going to have an impact. on the countries on the relationship between israel and other arab countries because remember china has not the same relationship to israel than the united states of america. this is a very big concern. what is going to happen in the region? we have to take these seriously. it's not just political, but economic and this is a second point which is the answer. the economic vision coming from the arab world, when i wa
by president obama himself. they do describe them as surgical tools and incest the result in minimal civilian casualties. y resultinsist the re in minimal civilian casualties'. it is impossible to carry out first hand investigations because of the presence of the army and militants. this report is a result of data gathered by independent groups. they believe that 170 our children, and that when it and e there are civilian casualties, the u.s. administration has not taken responsibility. the authors are also carrying the the legal basis of these strikes particularly when those targeted are not connected to the 9/11 attacks of the united states. >> thank you very much. still to come on gmt, relief for the british government as a court clears the way for the extradition of terrorist suspects. here in britain, police are appealing to in school teacher who has believed to run away to france with one of its pupils to do the right thing and make contact with them and th. concerns were raised before the disappearance. this report contains some flash photography. >> for a fifth day, the 15-year- old r
contributors to barack obama. so let's focus on the left side of the aisle this morning. we're using fresh data here from the center for responsive politics, focusing on donors who gave to groups that contribute some or all of their money to the presidential race. we're going to start with number five, jeffrey katzenburg, the ceo of dreamworks. he and his company have been lobbyists for a lot of copyright companies in washington as well as protection against china. katzenberg attended a lunch with biden and top chinese officials. after that, dreamworks has a jv with the son of china's president. going on to our number four on the list is jim simons. he is the founder of renaissance technologies. and he is the richest of the democratic dee nonors with a ne worth of $11 billion. education is a big issue for the democrats. math education and reform of public education, big issue for jim simons, who i'm sure will be a big voice for democrats. remember, president obama's change of position on gay marriage this summer, shortly after that, he got a big check from a guy named jon stryker, architect in
applauded president obama as new policy allowing the qualified young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. the president calderon spoke on the council on foreign relations in washington, d.c.. it about the drug trafficking and the movement of weapons across the u.s.-mexico border. this is about an hour. >> to have the president of mexico felipe cow roane -- calderone. this meeting is on the record and it is being communicated by videoconference so we beg you, turn off all of your wireless devices, phones, blackberrys, not to vibrate, but off. it's the maximum time of the conversation with the president. my introduction will be an diplomatically short. if you have the president's resume if your papers that were given to you as you entered the hall. let me simply say that president calderone, the yondah stuff five boies earned a bachelor's degree in the law and economics, and master's degree in public administration at the john kennedy school at harvard university. he became, a supporter of the party for the national action party becoming the president of the youthful organization and in th
it as a china manipulate directory while obama accuses of profiting from jobs september overseas. >>> japan continues to take a hard line in its territorial dispute. let's go to the nikkei following the story for us. >> yes, prime minister noda is sticking to a hard line that japan will not compromise over its territorial issue dispute with china. in a speech to the urn and press conference yesterday, he stressed the islands are an integral part of japan and the issue should be settled under international law. but china reacted by saying china has broken international law. meanwhile the tensions continue to damage china related businesses. cancellations for flights to and from china have reached 40,000 seats. and production cuts are in china. >> stay there for one second. another story that we're following as relations between japan and china aren't going so well, japan may be getting companyier with myanmar. is that right? >> yes. the japanese government is teams up with myanmar's public and private sectors to set up a training center next spring. the aim is as to boost business skills to
if it was president obama gets re-elected, then at the high end you'll see the bush tax cuts not extended for the high end. and then -- but if romney wins it, you would see them all extended. is there one that would have a better outcome in your view? >> you know, i think there's a -- there's a tension between two different things here. on the one hand, there's a sense that in the very near term with a weak overall economic performance continuing that raising levels of taxes wherever in the distribution may have some negative effects on economic growth. and then there's a harder long-term question, frankly, which is how tax rates on capital gains, on dividends which feed through a somewhat complicated channel by encouraging various kinds of saving activity and ultimately lowering the cost of capital to businesses and encouraging investment, how that translates into long-term economic growth. that is frankly a difficult chain to try to measure in any precise way, and consequently it's harder to be able to trace through the quantitative impacts on growth to follow through on channels for that. >> to fol
obama. > > what about contractors? you're finding that as full- time employees are dropping, those numbers are dropping, that in fact 1099 people, the contractors, are increasing. > > right, certainly some of what we're seeing, if there are jobs that are being added, or at least keeping us from dropping further, is that we're seeing more independent contractors added as opposed to full-time workers. that creates a challenge for people, because you don't have the comfort of a long-term, stable job. you don't often have the health insurance. you have to pay in for your own social security benefits. it's more challenging for the work force. > > what is the one thing that small businesses would like to see - outside of a new president - to really give them the kickstart they're waiting for? > > the number one thing we're hearing from small businesses is not easy to fix, and that is they need demand. they need more demand for the services and products that they sell. > > and that's sort of a chicken-egg... > > right. and until we figure out how to do that - and there's lots of ways of d
, that, those are things that can help the economy. i don't see anything in the obama campaign that will help the economy. he has a debate, they have a debate on concerns wednesday. do you think that he should begin the debate by focusing on his tax plan? >> wiser political people than i will have to make that call but i would certainly think it would be an opportunity to explain to the public that cutting taxes is a way of encouraging people to invest, to expand, hire and that's really what the economy needs. david: finally, the federal reserve board, you have been critical of the federal reserve board and its actions. some people say ben bernanke says, while there is no inflation there is not necessarily an economic cost to doing all of the bond buying they have been doing, the money printing they have been doing. is there a cost and if so, what is it? >> i think there is a longer term risk. i think right now it is doing very little good. lowering interest rates at a time when mortgage rates are at rock bottom, when corporations are awash in fund, doesn't do any good. i think
. there was no youtube. president obama was a state legislator in illinois. and a lot of the troops on the battlefield, they were in middle school. so we decided to come back, see where things stand. how solid is the u.s. exit strategy? we started by going to the heart of the taliban, the place where 9/11 was inspired. southern afghanistan, famous for its poppies, the taliban, and some of this war's toughest battles. lieutenant general james terry is the operational commander of the war. he agreed to take us into the notorious horn of pangway to see where we stand 11 years into this war. where we are right now, essentially this is the taliban homeland. >> we're headed right into it. >> we head over rich farm lands in kandahar province, making our way atop a strategically important hill top. >> this is looking back down over the district. >> it's a place where taliban fighters largely controlled until the u.s. troop surge of 2010. >> actually got in here and got into a pretty significant fight, a couple thousand taliban. the task force orion along task force 31. >> coalition officials say it is no long
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